Scenario: Brainstorming Written by DrBea on November 14, 2016. Posted in Action Learning, WIAL Action Learning, WIAL Talk As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation: The team feels they are at a point that it would be useful to brainstorm. Tags: Action Learning Coach, WIAL Action Learning, WIAL Talk Trackback from your site. Comments (5) Sridar January 23, 2017 at 6:03 am | # I would ask the team if a brainstorming session will assist in coming up with a solution to the problem. If the team agrees, i will then ask what are the two ground rules of AL. Then i will ask if a brainstorming session can comply to the 2 ground rules. If they insist that the situation requires a brainstorming session, I would then ask ” Team, could we end the AL session for now to proceed with the brainstorming and commence AL once the brainstorming session is over”? Reply elbertor January 25, 2017 at 10:29 pm | # I would ask the team if this is something everyone agrees is necessary so that they can move forward. If all say yes, I would then ask them how much time they will need, and how else they would like to proceed. If at least one says no, I would ask them how they would like to proceed. Perhaps they would like to make a case for why or why not, then put it to another vote. Reply elbertor January 25, 2017 at 10:31 pm | # I would ask the team if this is something that can be done within the AL context and ground rules. I would also ask if everyone agrees is necessary so that they can move forward. If all say yes, I would then ask them how much time they will need, and how else they would like to proceed. If at least one says no, I would ask them how they would like to proceed. Perhaps they would like to make a case for why or why not, then put it to another vote. But I feel like there needs o be a unanimous decision on this in order for them to break away from AL and brainstorm. Otherwise, I would ask them what is the impact if at least one person does not feel it is necessary to do something as a team? Reply Lei February 25, 2017 at 10:47 pm | # I will check with the team if there has been a consensus / agreement of the problem. Assuming that at this point where they brought up the brainstorming idea they already have an agreement to the problem, I will ask team how can AL and ground rules be used in their brainstorming session. As a Coach, I will also ask the team how the brainstorming process will help the team move forward with finding solutions to the problem. This is to raise to their awareness how it will help and its impact to the team. I will also check with the team if there is an agreement from the team members to do brainstorming. If everyone agrees, I would ask the team how they would like to proceed – how much time they need, if they would like to proceed with AL after the braistorming or set another AL. In the next AL session, I will bring back the learning from the brainstorming and its impact to the team and finding a solutions to the problem. Reply DrBea March 23, 2017 at 6:11 am | # Since Brainstorm fits within the rules of Action Learning – a question is asked and many answers are given. But I’d want to be sure the team was ready for this and would raise it to awareness and make sure everyone was good with it. My questions – I’ve observed we have a suggestion to move to brain storming. How do other feel about this? what will the impact on our problem solving be? How will we brain storm and continue to follow our ground rules? Happy Coaching Bea Reply Leave a comment You must be logged in to post a comment.